Member Since: January 2010
Born in 1959, Shanghai, China, Wang Yehan graduated from the University of Arts, Shanghai (now is Shanghai University, Fine Art College) in 1980. At the time when the avant-garde frenzy was starting in China, he was awarded the second prize at the 1s... more
|Artist Statement:||Born in 1959, Shanghai, China, Wang Yehan graduated from the University of Arts, Shanghai (now is Shanghai University, Fine Art College) in 1980. At the time when the avant-garde frenzy was starting in China, he was awarded the second prize at the 1st Youth Art Exhibition held by the Shanghai Art Museum in 1985. Since then, he has focused on abstract paintings. Wang majored in art and graphic design at George Brown University in Toronto, Canada. Also he received an Award of Excellence, Federation Gallery (FCA), Vancouver, BC in Canada and held exhibitions in New York and Florida. He currently lives and has been working in Shanghai since 2005.
While interest for Chinese contemporary art is booming worldwide and a lot of Chinese artists focus on works of Pop art which has been developed into a trend, Wang Yehan pursues abstract paintings. Wang’s works have many layers of pigments and the pigments mingle and intersect each other. He follows his instinct and intuition when he paints. His paintings are composed of countless brushstrokes painted on an empty canvas, a style which resonates with the spiritual training of the old oriental philosophy. On the other hand, Wang’s works show a strong texture of material which appears like a bunch of fabrics. As commented by art critic Wu Liang, there is a lively vitality in Wang’s painting. It seems that it is the countless simple lines and colors that attributed to the strength and mood in each painting. Hence, in Wang Yehan’s work, we can have two different feelings at a same time – peace and dynamism. This could be seen in the ‘all over’ composition style paintings, crossing shaped style paintings, and ‘new wave’ style paintings which explore such strong energy.
These days, Wang Yehan’s works attracted a lot of attention from art lovers and collectors internationally. He is getting recognition in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and he has exhibited his work in museums in China. Wang’s works are collected internationally in places such as the Hong Kong Grand Hyatt Macao, Luxury Art Hotel in USA, the HSBC Bank, and the West Lake Museum in Hangzhou, China. His works are also collected in national government offices and CEO’s offices including the Pine Stone Country Club and Centerium Golf Center, Korea.
|Education:||1996 Computer Graphics Design/Art Courses at George Brown College. Toronto.
1984 Art Design in Shanghai JiaoTong University.
1980 Graduated from Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts.
|Awards & Distinctions:||2003 Valentine Show, Springbank, Mississauga, Ontario, (Member show) Honorable Mention Award
1986 Selected Group Show at "The First Shanghai Youth Arts Exhibition" in Shanghai Art Museum Silver Award
|Exhibitions:||2011 “Metropolis-Pixel” – Wang Yehan Solo Exhibition in Today Art Museum, Beijing China
2010 "Reconstruction - The TOP Exhibition of Chinese contemporary Abstract Art" in Zhejiang Art Museun,China
2010 "The Bohemian Jungle" - 2 men exhibition in Opera Gallery, Hong Kong
2009 "Travelling With¡" - contemporary art exhibition in Opera Gallery, Paris
2009 "Return to Modern" - Chinese abstract art exhibition in West Lake Museum, China
2008 "Beyond the Surface" - Chinese abstract art juried exhibition in Macau Art Museum
2008 "Crossroads" - contemporary art exhibition in Opera Gallery, Singapore
2008 "Chinese Wind" - Juried art exhibition in Potsdam, Germany
2007 "The Conquerors From Asia" - contemporary art exhibition in Opera Gallery, Hong Kong
2007 "The True Condition - Yehan Wang 2007" - solo exhibition in Jindu Art Centre, China
2006 "The Third Space" - Chinese text of abstract art in Shanghai Art Museum, China
2005 "Small, Smaller, Smallest" - Juried art exhibition in Federation Gallery, Canada - (Award of Excellence)
2003 "Spring" - Society of Canadian Artists 36th Annual Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
2002 "12th Annual Auction" - selected auction in John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2001 "Featured Artist" - solo exhibition in J. Proctor Gallery, Florida, USA
2001 "Allan Town Outdoor Art Exhibition" - Juried exhibition in Buffalo, New York, USA - (Abstract Painting Outstanding Award)
1992 "The First 1990's Biannual Art Exhibition" - Juried exhibition in Guangzhou Art Museum
1986 "The First Shanghai Youth Arts Exhibition" - Juried exhibition in Shanghai Art Museum, China - (Silver Award)
|Artistic Influences:||The art is the picture plane, the form evolves out of the conjunction and amalgamation of the visual elements, the only western comparison I can make is to Rothko and Barnett Newman or Pollock, although here our perception is not lost in a void, a vacuum or a silence, or the natural world rather it is the noise and distortions of the cosmos. We are encouraged to enter these spaces and test our perception by engaging with the picture plane, to form a dialogue, to create lines and shapes, and conversely, to add our noise to that of the work. There is an attempt to make the viewer determine the content of the work, Yehan gives us colours and paint, tactile and visual qualities that we can relate to. But he requires us, the viewers, to be confident in our response; and if we blink, we will have missed the opportunity altogether. To look hard at a Yehan Wang painting requires total commitment, total concentration. ----------------- Richard Sunderland (Featured Writer)|
|Artist Tags:||abstract art, abstract artwork, abstract photography, contemporary, black and white photography|